09/25/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Elizabeth Cutler Smith

Elizabeth Cutler Smith
(10 May 1918 - 20 Sep 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1935


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still more sad news tonight. Mrs. Elizabeth Cutler Smith, mother of Clare Sibley Smith-Larson ('62) of IA, Betsy Cutler Smith ('65) of IA, and Jean Porter Smith Hansen ('67) of VA,  has passed away.  She was the sister of our beloved NNHS teacher, Mrs. Esther Cutler Thomas.  

From the Daily Press - 09/25/06:

           Elizabeth Cutler Smith  
  HAMPTON - Elizabeth Cutler Smith of Hampton, Va. died after a brief illness and hospitalization on September 20, 2006. Born on May 10, 1918 in Newport News, she was the daughter of Dr. John Calvin Cutler, M.D. and Jessie Chance McMore Cutler. She was the loving wife of 31 years to Hugh Sidney Smith Jr., who preceded her in death in 1973. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Allison Cutler of Newport News, Virginia; daughters, Clare Sibley Smith-Larson ('62) of Altoona, Iowa, Betsy Cutler Smith ('65) of Knoxville, Iowa and Jean Porter Smith Hansen ('67) of Hampton, Virginia, with whom she made her home; by two sons-in-law, Luther F. 'Skip' Larson and Carl R. Hansen; five grandchildren, Christina Marie (Creach) Rhodes, Eric Christopher Creach, Michelle 'Shelley' Fielder, Katherine Reed Hansen, and Andrew Hunter Hansen; their respective spouses, Jeffrey Rhodes, Cindy Baldwin, and Jeffrey Fielder; three step-grandchildren, Alaire (Larson) Nielsen, Shawn (Larson) Gilson and Lon Wayne Larson; their respective spouses, Timothy Nielsen, Richard Gilson and Shelby Larson; seven great-grandchildren, Gus Baldwin Creach, Alice Baldwin Creach, Jack Hogan, Nicholas Hogan, Sydney Fiedler, Logan Baldwin Creach, and Payton Elizabeth Fielder; and two step-great-grandchildren, Cathryn Gilson and Ian Robert Gilson. Her brothers, Day E. Cutler, John 'Jack' Cutler, Robert C. Cutler and Thomas Nelson Paige Cutler; her sisters, Harriet Cutler Rose and Esther Cutler Thomas; her son with Sidney Smith, H. Sidney Smith III; and her son-in-law, James Franklin Creach all preceded her in death. Mrs. Smith graduated from Newport News High School in 1935 and attended Lynchburg College and The College of William and Mary where she graduated in 1939. While at William and Mary she majored in Library Science and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She taught in Poquoson, Virginia before marrying Sidney on March 20, 1943. She taught in the Newport News Public School system from 1959-1982 and served as school librarian and chair of the English Department of Ferguson High School after receiving a Master's in Education from The College of William and Mary in 1965. Her service to community included membership in the Women's Club, Sunday School teacher, various offices in the Presbyterian Women, deacon and ruling elder in First Presbyterian Church in Newport News and member of the American Association of University Women and Retired Teachers of Newport News. She also served on the board of the Newport News Public Library and was an instructor at Christopher Newport College. She was a member of Wythe Presbyterian Church at the time of her death. In addition to her family, she had a love of reading and belonged to several book clubs and literary groups. She was Bible Study leader for her church circle for many years, a member of chancel choir and participated in various Presbytery and Synod activities. A memorial service will be held in celebration of the life of Elizabeth C. Smith, on Sunday, October 15th at 3:00 PM at Wythe Presbyterian Church in Hampton, VA. Family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. Memorial gifts may be made to Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia; the Newport News Public Library; the Heifer Project, Habitat for Humanity or Church World Service through Wythe Presbyterian Church, Hampton, Virginia.

Published in the Daily Press on 9/25/2006.

Guest Book
I fondly remember Elizabeth Cutler Smith from my days on the N.N. Historical Commission. She added so much and was such a pretty little lady with so much spunk. I was secretary of this organization and on occasion would deliver the minutes on the way home from the shipyard, rather than mail them. She invited me in a couple of times and showed me all the family pictures...she was so proud of each family member. I truly appreciate the fact that I knew her. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers.
Fred Mays, '60 of Newport News, VA.
Fred Mays (Newport News, VA ) - September 25, 2006
Dearest Claire, Jeanie and Betsy,
I just read about your mother and I am so sorry that I did not know last week so that I could see you in person. I loved your mother! I remember such good times when we lived on 59th and you on 56th St. There were so many fond memories at First Presbyterian Church---Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, etc. I was also blessed to see Libby often at school when we both taught at Ferguson High School. She often visited at Warwick where I went when Ferguson closed. I know you will miss her greatly. She was truly a great lady!
Love and blessings!
Judy Phillips Allen
Jerry and family also
Judy Phillips Allen (Newport News, VA ) - September 26, 2006
Dear Jeanie and family: Libbie was one of the sweetest ladies I ever knew and I am sorry for your loss. May the peace of Christ's love comfort you and bless you always in all ways. My love.
Elizabeth Cunningham (Richmond, VA ) - October 6, 2006
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Smith family.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty
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Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

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